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State of the City
Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.
reports to the Citizens of the
City and County of
San Francisco, California
Board of Supervisors:
Barbara Kaufman, President
Rev. Amos Brown
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Twelve months ago, I stood here before you
to deliver my first state of the city address.
to realize our dreams,
We shared our mutual love of San
Francisco — its uniqueness, its beauty, its
incredible diversity. 1 outlined then the
many advances made in this administra-
tion's first 10 months — in health services,
in crime prevention, in job creation, a host
of other issues. I spoke of the successes
of our summits on the economy and
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we must be realistic. "
I acknowledged the difficulties and chal-
lenges ahead — the imminent restructur-
ing of the welfare system, the need to find
additional homes and jobs for those who
had neither, the issues surrounding public
transportation. It was utterly clear that
many things were broken and needed fix-
ing. We knew we needed health care for the
uninsured, cleaner streets, a juvenile justice
system that worked, opportunities for our
children, city agencies that acknowledged
one another's existence and greater collabo-
ration among non-profit organizations.
When people ask me, "What do you want
for San Francisco? What is your vision for
our city?" I give the same answer I gave
during my campaign. The same answer I
gave here last year. The same answer I will
continue to offer as long as I am mayor
of this city:
I want revitalization.
I want responsiveness.
I want results.
I promised that with strong leadership, we
could achieve all three. I also told you that
to realize our dreams, we must be realistic.
In the first year, we made quick fixes
and got quick results. That's short-term
progress. But more importantly, through
revitalization and responsiveness, we have
laid the groundwork for spectacular
results; realistic results that will manifest
themselves handsomely, well into the
There's revitalization. This city's economic
health is on the upswing. Development pro-
jects and business expansions under way
throughout the city are creating jobs and
new opportunities. Yes, San Francisco, like
much of the country, is experiencing an
economic boom. But no big city mayor can
afford to sit around and wait for opportuni-
ties to be dropped on his or her lap. We
must be aggressive in pursuing economic
revitalization. We must be entrepreneurs.
More employment opportunities means
more money for city services, which trans-
lates to a better quality of life for us all.
There's no mystery in that formula;
it's just logical.
There's responsiveness. You pay taxes, I
pay taxes. You want a responsive and effi-
cient government, I want the same. We
both want what we pay for. We have that in
the form of a healthy $3.4 billion budget
that invests in our city and its citizens with-
out tax increases and without cuts to ser-
vices we all expect. In addition, we have a
reserve fund of $10 million.
We've reorganized our city services to make
them more responsive. We both want city
employees and department heads to be held
accountable. Our public servants know that
if they don't perform in their jobs, they will
answer swiftly to me. They know that pub-
lic service is a high calling; it is not a nine
to five job. I demand 24-hour service of
myself. Your public servants know the
same is demanded of them.
There are results. I respect reasonable
process, and nothing moves forward in our
city without observing the proper hearings,
permits and reviews. But process must
yield a gain, a benefit for the citizens of San
Francisco. When I took office, this city's
economic engine had been idling for years.
That benefits no one. An idling engine does
nothing more than keep you in the same
spot. I want results. Mission Bay lan-
^E^v\T ii£ guished for more than a decade; the Giants
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talked for years about leaving San
Francisco; the 49ers were considering
options elsewhere. We put all three of those
engines into gear because we need the jobs,
the financial stability and the social services
those projects will provide.
When our Redevelopment Agency
restructures a low-cost lease so Wedrell
James of Bayview Hunters Point can
expand his local construction business
and hire more community residents
— that's revitalization
When a simple telephone call to my neigh-
borhood outreach office from Anya-Malka
Halevi results in the resurfacing of her
1300 block of Jessie Street — a street
in deplorable condition for years
— that's responsiveness.
When we negotiate a complex, multi-
pronged deal with the school district, and
the outcome is a new Bessie Carmichael
school South of Market, a child-care center
at Seventh and Lawton streets and an
Excelsior Youth Center for the City
— that's results.
When I see hope for the first time in 40
years in Bayview/Hunters Point, when I
know the 49ers and the Giants will be here
for decades to come, when I see smiles on
the faces of public housing tenants, when I
cut the ribbon at new community centers in
Chinatown, when small businesses open on
Irving Street and Chestnut Street, when
corporate entities open megastores in
Union Square, when I see cleaner, safer
streets, I see revitalization; I see responsive-
ness, and I see results.
These are the "Three R's" by which you can
judge this administration.
Let's speak first of revitalization.
One thing I am extraordinarily proud of is
this city's ability to come together for the
good of all. We have our differences, but
we always respect one another, and I am
proud that our prosperous neighborhoods
are willing to reach out to our less
We can all be proud as we take part in the
rebirth of the southeast corridor of our city
— an area shamefully neglected for more
than 40 years.
Let me walk you through this part of town
as I see it in the near future. It starts
roughly at the Bay Bridge and continues
down along the southern waterfront to
Candlestick Point. Standing as sentinels
at each end of the corridor are the Giants
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ballpark and the 49ers stadium/retail mall
complex. In between are Mission Bay and
UCSF's second campus — the largest
urban development project in the United
States; the Hunters Point shipyard —
500 acres of prime waterfront property;
India Basin, and the Bayview/Hunters
Point neighborhood. The artery running
through all these elements is the Third
Street light-rail line.
The Southeast Corridor has for decades
largely been a wasteland, filled with rotting
warehouses, abandoned shipyards and
struggling small businesses. We're chang-
ing that. The ballpark, the stadium com-
plex, Mission Bay and the UCSF campus
are all moving forward. These projects will
bring jobs, housing, open space, retail busi-
nesses, light industry and revitalization to
We can all be proud as
we take part in the
rebirth of the southeast
corridor of our city..."
We have turned our attention to the
shipyard and the Bayview/ Hunters Point
When the federal government announced it
was moving out of the Hunters Point ship-
yard, typically, no one stepped forward to
counter the obvious detrimental economic
impacts to the neighborhood. The official
transfer contract has been under negotia-
tion for seven years, through three adminis-
trations, and yet there have been no serious
initiatives to encourage private sector
investment. Until now.
We'll sign the transfer agreement in the
coming weeks. We'll pay $i for the site, and
the Navy has agreed to an expedited toxic
clean-up process, hopefully within the
next five years.
We're ready, and we're thinking big. The
Board of Supervisors has approved a citizen
advisory committee's reuse plan that
encompasses an extraordinary mixed use of
open space, recreational facilities, light
industry, a job-training center and the flexi-
bility to maintain current uses by artists,
businesses and the community. Citizen
advisory committee member Lori
Yamaguchi calls the plan a "clear concept
and vision for the shipyard."
The first major project for the shipyard will
begin in early 1998, with the construction
of five acres of wetlands restoration and a
visitors' center. More than one million
square feet of property is already leased
there, and we're in negotiations for another
half million. I see the potential for locating
UCSF spin-off research labs there and for
creating live-work space for artists.
Key to a successful reuse plan for this area
is, of course, adequate transportation and
access. We need to consider a way to link
the 49ers complex and Highway 101, per-
haps by causeway or bridge. The advantages
would be enormous: The shipyard would
attract spin-off benefits from the retail com-
plex, thus generating millions of dollars to
the General Fund. The mall could use ship-
yard property for additional off-site parking.
Commercial vehicles would have easy
access to Highway 101, thereby eliminating
excess truck traffic through Bayview
Hunters Point. And the Third Street Rail
line would have an open path for neighbor-
We're also thinking about small businesses
in the area. We have numerous projects
under way in Bayview Hunters Point,
including more than $2.5 million in small
business loans through the mayor's office
of community development. We have put
together a non-profit organization to spear-
head the purchase and management of the
Bayview Plaza industrial park.
We are a city
Two Bayview entrepreneurs recently partici-
pated in the city-sponsored Renaissance, a
program designed to incubate small busi-
nesses. Thanks to management training
and small business loans, Johnicon
George's African Heritage Book store is up
and running on Third Street and Ron
Mack's Bay Copy is open for business in
the plaza. Sam Miller, a former public
housing resident, received a city-guaranteed
$40,000 bank loan to expand his pest
control business and hire one low-
Much of the revitalization of this area will
be facilitated by the port's waterfront plan,
which after seven years and hundreds of
meetings has finally been approved. The
port itself is booming, with cargo tonnage
expected to double next year and cargo rev-
enue to increase by 40 percent.
But this is only one section of
San Francisco undergoing revitalization.
We have a second military base to nurture:
Treasure Island, a site of outstanding
potential. The official transfer of manage-
ment from the Navy to the city took place
only 14 days ago, but we are well on our
way to creating a community that will
reflect the incredible diversity of San
Francisco. We'll have a marina, the police
academy, a firefighters college, soccer
fields, film facilities and restaurants.
We have about 900 units of housing avail-
able on Treasure Island, and we are cur-
rently negotiating with a consortium of uni-
versities in San Francisco — State, UC,
Golden Gate College — to make this a vil-
lage for students. The consortium would
take the lead in managing the housing and
would fund transportation and other neces-
sary services. Also housed there would be
people who work on and care for the island.
The Treasure Island Development
Authority, which consists of the directors of
planning, redevelopment and the port,
along with two citizens, will oversee the
reuse plan and ensure that it is implement-
ed in a timely fashion.
In the Western Addition, the lower Fillmore
Jazz District is now a go. WDG companies
will build a nine-screen theater complex, a
jazz club and a 460-stall parking garage
on the east side of Fillmore, between Ellis
and Eddy streets. WDG has recently
secured signed commitments from
AMC theaters and New York's famed
Blue Note jazz club to lease the complex. It
will be the first Blue Note satellite club on
the West Coast. We'll finance the project
through private and public sources, includ-
ing a loan from the Mayor's Office of
Community Development. Jobs? More than
300 of them are expected, not to mention
the other retail businesses that will spring
up around the increased foot traffic.
We're seeing a boom in our downtown
area. Ground is being broken on new hotels
for the first time in decades. Macy's is
expanding. Levi Strauss is working to build
a flagship store at Union Square. We're
aggressively working to find larger quarters
for the Pacific Stock Exchange. Nikeworld,
Diesel, Virgin Records, Bulgari's, Saks
Men's store are contributing handsomely to
the revitalization of the Union Square area.
Bank of America recently showed off its
$25 million state-of-the-art trading floor-the
largest this side of Chicago.
We're expanding Moscone Center even
more, with another 94,000 square feet of
exhibit space — the preferred site being at
Fourth and Howard streets. The Sony
entertainment complex is moving forward.
In the next few years, the Civic Center will
become what it was meant to be in the
first place — a gathering place for all
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We have more than a dozen Civic Center
revitalization projects in various stages —
City Hall, the Opera House, the new state
building, the courts building, the federal
building, the Asian Art Museum. The
Department of Public Works is leading a
multi-agency team to implement long-term
improvements to the Civic Center Historic
District. The goal is to resurrect the original
1912 Beaux Arts design while incorporating
modern 21st century uses. This will include
traffic patterns, plaza renovation, Muni
station improvements, and the renovation
of the Fulton Street mall. A massive
public outreach program will be launched
for the Civic Center restoration — with
hearings, design workshops and project
And let me tell you about something
special: We plan to light all these buildings
in the evenings, opening up the entire
space for evening activities.
Visitors continue to pour into San
Francisco — once again Conde Nast has
named us the nation's number one tourist
destination. A recent series in the San
Francisco Examiner reiterated that half of
our city's economy is based on tourism —
more than 16 million of them came
through here. Our $2.5 billion airport
expansion program will help move tourists
and business people alike through our city.
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We're building a new gay and lesbian com-
munity center on Market Street; we've bro-
ken ground on the Excelsior Youth Center.
Bonds passed by voters last June mean
we're going to spend nearly $48 million to
spruce up the zoo and another $140 million
to renovate our schools and community col-
lege — from new construction to hardwiring
of buildings to seismic upgrades to
improved science labs for every middle
and high school.
We're continuing to promote multimedia,
one of the fastest growing industries in
our city. The Department of Building
Inspections is working on an expedited per-
mit process of multimedia businesses, and
Supervisor Leslie Katz will convene a multi-
media summit early next year.
We're studying the best use of the Transbay
Terminal site. That facility, an abomination
from seismic, health and safety perspec-
tives, will be demolished. We're currently
going through the environmental impact
process for a new terminal nearby, and I
note that San Francisco was successful in
securing $80 million from the new bridge
toll to help pay for this $125 million project.
As you can see, we are a city dramatically
on the move. In order to move these pro-
jects forward, we need a responsive and
We can have all the projects in the world
standing by, but they'll go nowhere quickly
without a responsive government.
Earlier in my remarks, 1 emphasized the
importance of efficiency in San Francisco's
city government. I pledged to you, the tax-
payers and citizens of San Francisco, that
you would receive services in direct value to
what you paid for. We have reorganized
nearly all our city services to make them
more responsive to you.
Let me give you some real-life examples of
reorganization for responsiveness:
John Hirohata of Christopher Drive worried
for years that a decaying eucalyptus tree
was threatening his house. He couldn't
sleep nights. The City did not respond
to his concerns. He contacted this adminis-
tration's DPW, and the tree was removed.
He sent his heartfelt thanks in a letter
to my office.
Bob Santilli of Vallejo Street in the Mission
complained to City Hall for four years of
rat-infested garbage collecting outside a
local nightclub. He wrote to my office
shortly after my inauguration. A few weeks
later, he wrote again to thank this office for
swift and thorough action on the removal
of the refuse.
When Anne Marie Shami purchased store-
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expected some delays, but she didn't expect
her own Heart of Darkness journey
through city bureaucracy with its sequential
rather simultaneous approval processes.
My office interceded, and her cafe, The
Progressive Grounds Coffeehouse, is now a
popular neighborhood gathering spot.
Mrs. Shami's nightmare will not be repeat-
ed under the reorganizations of the
Planning and Building Inspections depart-
ments. We can't afford to take months and
even years to get something done. For the
first time, planning and building inspection
are working together, and permit process
time has been cut in half.
Nearly all services in my administration
have been reorganized to make them more
efficient, more user-friendly and more
results-oriented. Our goal is to bring City
Hall literally into your neighborhoods.
We have opened neighborhood City Halls, a
project instituted by Supervisor Barbara
Kaufman. At these sites — in Chinatown,
West of Twin Peaks, the OM I/Excelsior and
Bayview Hunters Point — residents can
bring questions and concerns and get
immediate response. Hundreds of you have
taken advantage of this service.
What about those times when you're most
vulnerable — when you've got a medical or
safety emergency at home or work?
We've moved the paramedics into your
neighborhoods through the merger of the
paramedic and fire department operations
— forever changing a ioo-year-old system.
Having both operations in the same facili-
ties will dramatically reduce response time
from eight minutes to less than five min-
utes. This change could quite possibly save
your life or the life of someone you love.
We all remember the horrific incident at
101 California Street in 1993 and the tragic
deaths that occurred there. The antiquated,
bifurcated 911 system resulted in a too-slow
response time. We broke ground on our
new 911 center several months ago, and
when it is completed, we will no longer
have to fear that the police aren't talking
to the paramedics aren't talking to fire-
fighters. This project is on the fast-track
and is scheduled for completion at the
end of 1999.
The police department has moved into your
neighborhoods through citizen patrols,
mentoring programs and community
policing. Every neighborhood in
San Francisco is involved with helping
police patrol its environs. The result is
that crime is down citywide, with a
particular drop in homicides (22 percent)
and in rapes (26 percent).
The Planning Department has moved into
your neighborhoods. We've divided the City
into sections, each with its own planning
supervisor. This will help us protect the unique characteristics and cultural diversity of
each of our neighborhoods.
We're preserving our precious heritage by doubling the number of planners' hours
devoted to landmarks issues and increasing, from two to seven, the number of planners
attending to preservation discussions.
hoods. We've divided the department along
Parks and Rec has moved into the neighborhoods. We've divided the departme
geographical rather than functional lines with one supervisor assigned to the northern
half of the City and one to the southern half. They'll be responsible for both park and
recreation programs. Staff will be physically relocated into satellite sites throughout the
city. So if you're concerned about the state of restrooms at Collingwood Park, or trash
accumulating at Douglass Park, or new bike trails for McLaren Park, or deteriorating
children's play equipment in Chinatown, you now can contact your neighborhood office.
You have neighborhood health clinics, new Senior Central locations, new community
centers, Town Hall meetings with your supervisors and neighborhood emergency
response teams in the event of an earthquake.
Then there is a neighborhood subject dear to my heart — the cleanliness of our streets.
When I was a young boy, we didn't have street sweepers in Mineola, Texas. If you threw
garbage in the streets, you had to live with it. My grandmother would not let me go to
bed at night unless my room was clean, my clothes picked up. There was no relaxing in
our household until it was spic and span. I hated that regimen, but it instilled in me for-
ever an obsession with tidiness.
This city does not get dirty on its own. We make it that way. We must change our habits.
That is why I'm very excited about an unprecedented event on November 8 — The Great
Sweep of San Francisco. We're going to clean the entire city in one day, with all of us
We've divided the city into sections, and City Hall will lead the charge. A senior staff
person or department head at City Hall has been assigned as precinct captain for every
section. They'll be responsible for coaxing every single person in San Francisco to step
outside and clean the street in front of their homes and businesses. Thousands of you
will be dispatched to hot spots all over the city.
I want schools involved, corporations involved, churches involved, merchants involved,
neighbors involved. I am asking the entire city to step forward and say, yes, we care
about the cleanliness of our city, and we're willing to do our part. You sweep the streets
with us, and we'll come by and pick up the garbage.
I want this to become a twice-yearly event for the city of San Francisco. The objective is
to change our habits forever, and we'll leave in place one person for each district to
encourage continued dedication to clean streets.
Remember: The Great Sweep of San Francisco. November 8.
But cleaning the streets is not a one-day endeavor for this administration. We helped the
merchants of Market Street set up their own steam-cleaning program and provided the
sweepers in the form of citizens working off parking tickets. We have commitments for
six other neighborhood clean teams. We've installed six prototype newspaper racks
around the city to eliminate flying newspapers. Surveys show they're wildly popular.
We're focusing on our neighborhoods' environmental needs. The new Department of
the Environment will help coordinate all environmental activities, including toxic clean-
ups and the implementation of our new sustainability plan. Today, the EPA announced
a $100,000 Brownfields grant — the second we have received in two years — which will
target the Bayview/ Hunters Point area. We're also implementing a new pesticide reduc-
tion ordinance, which has greatly reduced the amount of toxic pesticides being used
on public property.
City Hall is responding to the needs of women, also, through domestic violence aware-
ness programs and services for poor women and their children. Our breast cancer sum-
mit last year produced a new plan for tracking women with breast cancer, a plan that
was discussed at length at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June. The good news is that
the unusually high rate of cancer has dropped in the last few years; the bad news is we
don't know why. Our health department will continue to study the issue. We'll be hold-
ing a summit next spring "For Women Only" at which we'll draft our women's agenda
for a new generation and a new millennium. Women from all over the Bay Area will be
invited to participate.
Our City Attorney's office was responsive to San Francisco's citizens by winning the
suits against the tobacco industry and by challenging the injustice of Proposition 209.
These are all ways in which this administration is responsive to you. But if you're still
not satisfied, you can come directly to me, as 250 of you have during my monthly open
door days. It works: Just ask the group of cab drivers who came in to see me during one
open door day. They told me of their legitimate concerns. We set up a Town Hall meet-
ing with more than 200 drivers in attendance. We then formed a citywide task force on
taxicab issues, chaired by Supervisor Gavin Newsom. The task force has already
addressed traffic concerns and airport issues.
You can reach me through the mail — whether electronic or the more old-fashioned
postal system. I have received more than 12,000 letters since taking office, and more
than 52,000 e-mail messages. This office tries to respond courteously and promptly to
you all. I have directed my staff to return every phone call within 48 hours. I trust you'll
let me know if this is not the case.
I also have made myself accessible to the media. I've held more than 40 biweekly press
availabilities, in which any member of the fourth estate can ask me any question. I meet
quarterly with the publishers of the community newspapers. My public appearances are
a matter of record — you'll find them posted on the Internet — and any citizen can
approach me at any time about any issue.
All of the things I've just outlined to you clearly show how this government is respon-
sive. But what about the bottom line: How have revitalizarion and responsiveness pro-
duced tangible results? Spectacularly, I'm happy to report.
In the face of rapidly diminishing state and
federal dollars, we have had to look to our-
selves for solutions. In many cases, we have
found them, and the nation is looking to us
as a model for creative solutions to welfare
reform, affordable housing, health care,
youth services, juvenile justice reform,
turning around the public school system
and to collaborations between the public
and the private sectors.
I believe that our ability to bring together
the talents of City Hall, the private sector
and the non-profit, community-based orga-
nizations has enabled us to respond more
quickly than any major American city to
the challenges presented by welfare
reform. Key to our response is moving for-
ward at a steady clip on housing, jobs
and health care.
One year ago, we passed Proposition A, a
$100 million general obligation bond for
affordable housing. No other city in
America has embarked on a local program
this ambitious, and other cities continue to
seek our counsel. We are scheduled to
begin issuing those bonds in January,
which — over a 20-year life span — will
yield more than 3,000 rental units and
1,000 first-time homeowner households.
Supervisor Amos Brown has introduced
legislation to begin implementing Prop. A.
Currently, low-income housing is under
construction all over town, in the Mission,
in Sunnydale, in the Tenderloin, South of
Market, the Duboce triangle, the Sunset.
Supervisor Mabel Teng has introduced leg-
islation for an amnesty program for illegal
in-law units. I support her efforts.
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We've seen a dramatic turnaround and a
new sense of pride in our public housing
developments under the direction of
Ronnie Davis and Dr. Emma McFarlin. We
have a new housing commission for the
first time in 18 months. All the public hous-
ing developments in the city are undergo-
ing rehabilitation. New townhouse units in
Hayes Valley are nearing completion.
We're opening new facilities for those with-
out homes, such as the Altamont Hotel, the
Hotel Grand Southern, Oak Street House,
Dolores Street Community services.
Supervisor Tom Ammiano is conducting
community meetings in the Castro on how
best to respond to homelessness there.
Hallidie Plaza merchants are working with
the homeless coalition to improve condi-
tions there. We've just funded a drop-in ser-
vices center in Bayview Hunters Point. The
merchants in the Haight have hired home-
less people to clean the streets.
We've created new housing opportunities
for people living with AIDS — such as
Hope House and ioio South Van Ness.
Richard Hantgin, stricken with HIV and
formerly homeless, tells me joyfully his
new life at Leland House has given him
spiritual and physical strength.
Today I am announcing a $9 million joint
project between the Redevelopment Agency
and my offices of Housing, Human
Services, Community Development and
Children, Youth and Families to develop
several low-income housing facilities with
on-site child-care and educational and job-
training services. This is precisely the kind
of multi-dimensional effort needed to
address welfare reform.
The revitalization of the city, of which I
spoke earlier, is resulting in the creation of
new jobs every single day. fobs for people
who don't have them. Better jobs for those
people who do. I am committed to develop-
ing the skills of employees in both the pub-
lic and private sectors. So let's talk about
Welfare reform means we literally have tens of thousands of people urgently in need of
jobs. Unfortunately, many of them are neither prepared nor trained to enter the work-
force. Many of them have criminal records, have substance abuse problems, have no
concept of what it means to show up for work in a timely fashion every day. They have
problems because they are poor, and they shouldn't be penalized now because they are
attempting to turn their lives around.
I grew up poor. I know what it's like to struggle. I know that people want dignity and
opportunity, not a handout. We've got to get people cleaned up, free of substance abuse,
teach them the soft skills such as filling out job applications or knowing how to present
themselves. There are obvious social and community benefits to reshaping unemployed
people into dependable, quality employees.
Maurice Ray May, a Walden House resident, is a good example of what I'm talking
about. Mr. May believed he was unemployable because of his spotty work record and
history of substance abuse. He basically had given up. But counseling and training
through a city-sponsored Visitacion Valley program helped him secure a job at TEG
Paradigm. He is now a supervisor there and is working a second part-time job as a
maintenance worker for the Housing Authority.
One homeless man went through a Pacific Bell training program. He's now a directory
assistance operator. Another unemployed man went through a city-sponsored soft-skill
training program and landed a job at United Airlines as a customer representative.
These are success stories. We can do this. We will do this. We must do this.
Let me give you some other examples of what our city's multi-agency efforts
• The 49ers/Candlestick Mills people need 6,500 workers. They want to use home-
grown people, but we have to train them.
• The Giants ballpark developers have set goals: 50 percent of their construction workers
will be San Franciscans, with priority given to residents of Bayview Hunters Point,
Chinatown, the Mission, Visitacion Valley and Potrero Hill. The Giants will work with
Community College and trade schools to identify young people for employment, and
they will set up a summer jobs program for at-risk youths.
• 56 welfare recipients are training for jobs through a PG&E program.
• 60 people have completed the recreation and parks training program. Most of them
now have permanent jobs.
• Up to 90 people will participate in a training and job placement program at the
• $450,000 in city money has been allocated to non-profit, community-based organiza-
tions for their job-training programs.
• 703 people went through our Visitacion Valley job-training program last year, 213 of
them now have permanent jobs.
• The Chamber of Commerce has pledged to create 2,000 new jobs by the year 2000.
These efforts around housing and jobs have helped us get hundreds of homeless people
"People want dimity and humanity,
off the streets and will significantly prevent others from becoming homeless.
It is well-documented that a large percentage of people living in the streets are suffering
from substance abuse and mental illness. We're setting national precedent by providing
substance abuse treatment on demand. We've opened Safe Haven for Women and Safe
Haven for Men, we expanded Pomeroy House, we have a new detox program at the
Tom Waddell Center. Failing to provide care when individuals need it has a tremendous
cost to all San Franciscans, and for every dollar we spend on treatment, we save $7 in
other costs. Next we will target mental health treatment on demand.
Our efforts have not gone unnoticed by the federal government. Last year we received
$19 million from HUD in the form of the McKinney Award to finance our comprehen-
sive plan for homelessness. It was one of the highest per capita awards in the country.
We anticipate roughly that same amount this year. We received that amount because the
federal government recognized that our collaboration of community-based organiza-
tions, care providers and city agencies was unique and more importantly, successful.
But I must caution that homeless people will continue to migrate to San Francisco for
help. Who can blame them? We're offering a quality of service and care unmatched any-
where else. If other cities, indeed the nation, were to follow our example, this country
would be well on its way to making a serious dent in the issue of homelessness.
Similarly, if the state took up part of the general assistance funding burden, counties
wouldn't have varying services and people wouldn't migrate here in such large numbers.
I'm particularly proud of results achieved this year on behalf of our most important con-
stituents — our youth. They represent the 21st century. They are this city's future busi-
ness people, social workers, teachers, electricians, policy makers,
and yes, mayors.
To a certain extent, everything we do in this city is for our children.
That's why I spend so much time with our youth. I visit at least one school in our city
every week, talking to students, listening to what's on their minds. They need hope.
They need encouragement. They need opportunities. They need a reason to feel proud
of their city and themselves. This is so important, because they are our future.
When Mark Osborne, a teen-aged intern at the Yerba Buena children's center excitedly
says he is learning to express himself in a creative way by using art tools, I know we are
on the right path.
I am thrilled that San Francisco's public schools are on a winning streak, with test
scores inching upward for every racial and ethnic group for the past five years.
Superintendent Rojas is to be congratulated.
I am absolutely dedicated to working with Superintendent Rojas. We have entered
into numerous partnerships with the school district, from beacon schools to job-
training programs, because we know that in order to succeed, our children need
l not a hand-out.
We held a youth summit and a subsequent
youth empowerment conference, both
chaired by Supervisor Michael Yaki, to hear
the needs and desires of our youth. They
told us they were worried about finding
jobs and about dealing with personal social
crises, about just having somewhere to be
besides the streets.
Under a new partnership between the city,
the school district and community-based
organizations, 330 people started working at
City Hall this month at 65 different agen-
cies to earn credits, income and training in
public service careers. With YouthWork,
these kids will learn how government works
while taking home a paycheck.
We set up Youthline, a confidential toll-
free hotline that provides youth with crisis
counseling as well as information about
where to go, what to do, and what job
opportunities exist. It will be fully
operational later this month and will
be staffed by trained social workers and
We broke ground on the Excelsior Youth
Center, and I challenge any basketball play-
er to a quick game of one-on-one at that
facility next summer. We are moving
toward completion of the Yerba Buena
Children's Center — one of the few down-
town sites in the nation dedicated to chil-
dren and youth. Our Youth Commission is
active and vibrant, and I have to tell you,
some of those kids are amazing. Some of
them intimidate me.
We also have troubled youth. We believe we
can help many of them turn their lives
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around through an unusual juvenile justice
program. After years of inertia in past
administrations, we now have a new juve-
nile justice plan, developed by criminal jus-
tice rehabilitation expert Mimi Silbert, best
known as the matriarch of Delancey Street.
More than 400 persons participated in the
creation of the plan. The plan borrows heav-
ily from Delancey's philosophy of "Act as
if." Act as if our kids are somebody, and
they will become somebody.
San Francisco continues to be a leader in
health-care innovations. We are one of the
first cities in America to move forward on a
plan for universal health coverage for unin-
sured citizens — 120,000 of them in
San Francisco alone. The federal govern-
ment couldn't do it. The state government
couldn't do it. We believe we can. My blue
ribbon task force on this subject will pre-
sent its findings to me in early 1998. We
are anticipating a grant from the California
HealthCare Foundation to fund the cost
analysis for this project.
No one understands discrimination better
than I do, the anger and hurt one feels
when an injustice is done to oneself. That's
why I was pleased to sign legislation by
Supervisors Leslie Katz, Tom Ammiano
and Susan Leal, making us the first city in
America to require that companies doing
business with the city provide equal health
benefits to all, whether married or domestic
partners. Yes, there have been some wrin-
kles in implementing the legislation, but
we'll iron them out. The point is: It's the
right thing to do.
San Francisco General hospital continues to
be one of the top-ranked hospitals in the
country, with an AIDS facility unmatched
anywhere. For so many years we have been
fighting this disease, and this year we have
seen some promising development. New
AIDS cases have dropped for the first time in 15 years, and increasingly, lives are being
prolonged by the use of AIDS cocktails — protease inhibitors.
San Francisco for years has played a major role in AIDS research, prevention and educa-
tion. We have set the tone globally for care services with our much-copied AIDS model.
We have a needle-exchange program. We support medicinal marijuana. We added $3.5
million to this year's budget for life-extending pharmaceuticals. We'll discuss the chang-
ing nature of the AIDS model at our Dec. 2 summit on AIDS.
We have had much good news about AIDS this year, it's true, but we cannot relax our
vigilance surrounding education. Strong educational efforts are responsible for lowering
infection rates among many groups. But there are still many segments of our city with
rising rates of infection. To those groups — young African Americans, women in particu-
lar, I say: You must protect yourselves. You must stay safe.
We've also seen results in our neighborhood parks, although I admit I'm far from
satisfied with the state of our park system. Money was added this year to increase the
youth soccer program and double the number of latchkey facilities for our working
parents. We renovated the polo fields and made a major commitment to expand our
golf course facilities. We've allocated $300,000 in the budget for a comprehensive
assessment of the condition of the parks. We're in the process of finalizing a master
plan for Golden Gate Park.
Just last week, we opened a new park and recreation center in Chinatown: the Garden
of Peace and Joy. It is a jewel of open space, and a product of community and
The Beach Chalet is another public private partnership that has succeeded beyond our
wildest dreams. In the six months since it opened, the visitor center has welcomed more
than 350,000 visitors, the restaurant has served more than 180,000 people. In the next
few months, the chalet will begin selling handcrafted items made by our teen-agers,
with the proceeds going to homeless and shelter programs.
And you know what? Those one-third of a million people moving through the Beach
Chalet have not had a negative impact on the pristine nature of the park. The Chalet is a
good example of the way in which we can make our parks profit centers. I want to exam-
ine ways to enhance the stables, to enhance the boat rental operations and Stowe Lake,
to open a high-quality restaurant in the east end of the park as ways in which to gener-
ate revenue for the parks. Revenue that can help us restore the Conservatory of Flowers,
We have a major issue to address in the coming months: transportation.
This is a city that lives and dies on the ability of its citizens to get around. We're a geo-
graphically small city built on seven famous hills, and as such, we face a serious conges-
Muni has improved, but I'm still not satisfied. I know I am taking heat for what some
people perceive as improvement that is too slow — I've read the editorials, I've seen the
letters that come to my office. I know every time a bus is late, every time a rail car is
halted, every time a vehicle malfunctions, that I must accept some responsibility.
And I do that willingly.
I'm asking you to understand that the system I inherited has been plagued by 20 years
of dry-rot. No one dared take Muni on. No one dared tell you the truth about the system.
No one wanted to force accelerated training programs for drivers. No one wanted to
push for 24-hour maintenance seven days a week. No one wanted to say articulated
buses are unsuitable for San Francisco's hilly streets. No one told you the numbers of
inspectors had dwindled to zero. No one told you it takes three years to order a new bus,
when all our buses are now at least 10 years old. No one admitted that every time there
is a problem in the street — a stalled car, an accident, a double-parked truck — that Muni
was going to suffer.
This administration stepped forward and told you the truth.
I put my most trusted man in charge of Muni — Emilio Cruz. I told him to fix it, and
he has worked tirelessly.
Under Mr. Cruz's direction, Muni now has accelerated training for drivers and round-
the-clock maintenance. We've taken possession of the Breda light rail vehicles. We're
moving at breakneck speed to find buses anywhere we can — we're currently negotiat-
ing with a company to take possession of a fleet of buses originally destined for
Philadelphia. We're bringing in inspectors from the retired Muni bus drivers' pool.
We're moving on the F-Line, the Muni Metro extension and the Third Street light rail.
We put cops on buses, and the SFPD reports crime is down 14 percent overall; 28 per-
cent on the most troubled lines. We cleared a backlog of 350 complaints. We've dramati-
cally tightened work rules related to absenteeism. We've held seven open door days to
hear your complaints. The cockroaches have moved on to more fertile grounds.
We move 685,000 people per day. Ninety-five percent of riders have a Muni stop within
two blocks of their homes. I call that good service.
And by the way, I take great umbrage at a recent National Transportation Safety Board
assessment about our safety record. In more than one million trips, we had
10 accidents that resulted in minor injuries. That's .00001 percent. I call that a
fflgood statistic on safety.
We're breaking ground on Bart to the airport, and we have finally laid to rest the now -
outdated notion of a Caltrain extension.
We've modernized our traffic control system ■ — replacing 80 percent of the city's traffic
light controllers. Red-light running is down 30 percent thanks to increased vigilance and
cameras at intersections, as a result of legislation introduced by Supervisor Susan Leal.
We've cracked down on double parkers, bus stop parkers, loading zone violators, drive-
way blocker with citations increasing anywhere from 25 percent to 100 percent. We'll
open our North Beach parking garage in 18 months.
We've made that depressing experience of retrieving your towed car a little more friend-
ly. City Tow is now one-stop. In a policy change, you can now reclaim your car on the
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spot if the tow truck has not yet entered the
flow of traffic.
We will be convening a bicycle summit
within the next few months to address ways
in which we can make our city more friend-
ly to alternative forms of transportation.
Congestion is a side effect of a robust city.
We want revitalization in our city. We want
increased tourist activity. It benefits us all.
That's why together we must find a way to
address the issue. I'm confident we will.
When you elected me two years ago, we
entered into a covenant — a union filled
with hope and expectations.
We are such a small big city. We're the
people who see each other at church on
Sundays. We're the people who run into
each other at restaurants, in the movie
lines. We're the people who know each
others' foibles and past allegiances. We're
the ones who have feuded and fought,
made up and moved on.
We weathered the first 20 months together
with many successes and with the acknowl-
edgment we have a ways to go.
It is time now to renew our vows. To
remember what we asked of each other.
You said to me: Don't let obsessive process
hamstring our city. Don't let antiquated ide-
ologies stifle us. Don't let bureaucratic lazi-
ness go unnoticed.
And I pledged to you: Not on my watch.
Not in my administration. Not ever.
"It is time now to renew our vows.
To remember what we asked of each other/'
I asked you to:
Help me take this city into the next millen-
nium. Help me identify those citizens
courageous enough to put the good of all
San Franciscans before their own personal
and political agendas. Help me keep
this the true city of Saint Francis, with
compassion and concern for all. Help
me make this a city for our children and
our children's children.
You pledged yes and elected me mayor.
Together we are keeping our commitments.
You have supported me, and I have brought
revitalization, responsiveness and results.
That makes for a sturdy relationship. One
we can all be proud of.
I know we won't let each other down.
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Dr. Mitchell Katz, Acting Director 554-2556
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AIDS Office 554-9000
Homelessness, Mayor's Office of
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Building inspection 558-6131
Housing Authority 554-1200
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Rent board 252-4648
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Eddie Tsui, Parking & Traffic 554-2315
Lois Scott, Planning 558-6317
Elaine Tom, Rec & Park 292-2017
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William Maher, Director 554-5800
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